How To Projects
Watercolor paints and brushes
Download print out
Paint with water over entire piece of watercolor paper
Now paint across the page using rainbow colors making stripes of about 2" each
After paint has dried run thru printer using the download OR use brush markers to create your own saying
Spray color wash or alcohol ink
Pebbles and shells
Color sand with alcohol ink spray
Layer sand, shells and pebbles
Embellish with succulents and mermaids
'Tis the season for a fun project!
Mixed media is the perfect way to let loose, relax and make something that you'll love. Here are a couple of guidelines for those of you who are new to the ever expanding realm of mixed media. So, cozy up and let's get started!
Mixed media projects are all about spontaneity! Don't sweat the small stuff. That moment you dropped your brush smack dab in the middle of the canvas could end up being your favorite spot. Relax and rest assured that you can't make a mistake. If you don't like something just add another layer!
Texture is your new best friend. By adding dimension with different mediums, your project takes on a whole other level of exciting. Plus, who doesn't love a little instant gratification. We are also big fans of stencils. Tape one down, grab that molding paste and Voila! You've already made a masterpiece.
Color, texture, shape - oh my! Bring on the layers. This is what makes these projects so beautiful. Piece of cake, but your end product will look like a masterpiece.
Don't forget to share your creations with us!
And most Importantly:
- Unfinished wood panel 9x15
- Painters tape or FrogTape™
- Paint brushes
- Acrylic paint in colors of your choice (4)
- Stain or craft paint (for border
- Ruler and pencil
- Pattern download
read all directions before beginning!
- Stain (or use watered down acrylic paint) and cover the entire surface including sides/edges; allow to dry.
- While waiting to dry print the pattern download and decide on your own pattern and colors to use. A blank pattern and the pattern in the sample are both available for download.
- Quilt patterns in sample: A-red, B-navy, C-gold, D-cream. Second quilt A-gold, B-cream, C-red, D-navy.
- Each wood slat is 1 ½” wide. Using a pencil and ruler use this measurement to tape a 1 ½” border allowing for 2 quilt panels inside the border. Be sure to press the tape down firmly so that paint will be less likely to bleed underneath the edges.
- Using the lightest color of choice, paint the entire 12 x 6 area and allow to dry.
- Now use a ruler to find the center and place tape down the middle so that only one 6x6 quilt panel will be worked on at a time. When the first panel is completed and dry the center tape line will be removed and placed so that the second panel (6x6”) will be ready to draw lines and paint.
- On the first panel use a ruler to draw 2 diagonal lines that will cross in the center. Draw 3 vertical lines that are 1 ½” apart. Horizontal lines are not necessary since the slats are 1 ½” wide. Continue drawing diagonal lines, with ruler, in each smaller square using the pattern print out as a guide.
- Next, tape off 1 or 2 triangles at a time and paint (optional- to speed up drying use a heat tool, but don’t get too close or paint will melt and get bubbly) Remember to press tape down firmly to reduce paint bleeding under tape. When triangle is dry remove tape and move to a new area. If paint does bleed under tape, put new piece of tape in position and touch up the edge. It will happen occasionally but not often if you go slowly and press tape firmly each time. Continue working until entire quilt panel is completed.
- Decide on colors for second quilt panel and follow the same steps.
- ¾ yd. of fabric for pillowcase (45” wide)
- ¼ yd. of fabric for header (45” wide)
- Sewing machine, ruler, and scissors
- Matching thread
- Cut fabric for pillowcase 27” x width of fabric (A).
- Cut fabric for header 9” x width of fabric (B).
- Pin right sides of A and B together along the width of the fabric. Trim selvages off both pieces being sure that A & B are of equal widths.
- Stitch ½” seam. Press seam towards B.
- Fold in half with right sides together. Pin along the side edge of header and pillowcase being sure to match seams. Pin along bottom edge.
- Stitch ½” seam down the side and bottom. Press seams open. *Optional to finish with zig zag stitch or use serger.
- On wrong side press raw edge of B down ½” all along the entire upper edge. Now fold B so that this pressed edge lines up with the seam (where A and B were stitched together); press in place all the way around. Header will now be 4” wide.
- Turn pillowcase right side out with half of the header folded to the inside. Pin along the seam line and stich ¼” inch above the seam. Press.